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  1. essjay

    Recommend Graphics Card for Virtualisation

    As I'm bored and in lockdown I'm looking for a little project to entertain myself. I'm waiting for 6 cameras in the post so I need to be occupied until they arrive (swapping out some old Hikvision cameras with new Dahuas). My current setup is BI on an i5-6500/16GB ProDesk and it's funning...
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    Pandemic threat? Anyone else concerned?

    I'm going out on a limb here and make an assumption that you are from the UK? By your rationale, can all the colonies and countries that England invaded over the years, the millions murdered, seek retribution for our pain and suffering? Or was that just a bit of banter?
  3. essjay

    Pandemic threat? Anyone else concerned?

    We've seen this in Europe. Airlines slashing 90% of their flights, Norwegian Airlines temporarily laying off 7300 staff with the other airlines following suit, zero flights to Italy and other countries (and from I think), all but essential travel cancelled. Car manufacturers following close...
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    I'm not seeing 5231-ZE anymore ... is something newer recommended?

    I don't expect it for a long time yet. The Dahua factory is still not back up to speed so if I'm not expecting until end of April
  5. essjay

    Good Value PFA130-e (x4 for $38)

    These arrived during the week so around 4 weeks shipping time from China to Europe. Not bad considering the impact of the virus.
  6. essjay

    I'm not seeing 5231-ZE anymore ... is something newer recommended?

    I contacted the China Top Security vendor and they stated it's English/international from the Dahua factory and upgradable firmware. Curiosity is killing me :D so ordered one to take a look. I didn't see a comparable model on Andy's Aliexpress shop or would have ordered it there.
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    I'm not seeing 5231-ZE anymore ... is something newer recommended?

    That's a fairly big conclusion you're jumping to...... https://www.dahuasecurity.com/products/All-Products/Network-Cameras/Lite-H.265-Series/2-MP/IPC-HDW2231T-AS-S2 Also you must remember that Andy changes the model numbers on his store. If I'm correct, replace Dahua "HFW" with Andy's "B"...
  8. essjay

    Best Dahua camera for night vision?

    Concur with the above. For ID at 30ft I couldn't take the risk with a 6mm lens. Although anyone walking up my drive would walk straight towards the camera and increase the pixel count on the face, I didn't want to leave it to chance. In my case I'm going with two varifocal turret cameras aimed...
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    I'm not seeing 5231-ZE anymore ... is something newer recommended?

    This is a fixed lens version of the 2231-Z with good night vision. You might need to check a few sellers on Ali to see if they have stock. Not tried it but do have a couple of the Z version (2.8mm - 13mm lens) on order. #Aliexpress US $63.12 13%OFF | Dahua IP Camera IPC-HDW2231TM-AS-S2 2MP...
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    ID at 10m/30ft Using Turrets

    Agreed but as it's the front of the house, I need turrets. I had the 2231 set to max zoom on IPVM calculator. To an extent the extra pixels on the 5442 6mm make up for the loss of zoom but the 2231 VF still wins. I think I'll get a couple of 2231 VF's.
  11. essjay

    ID at 10m/30ft Using Turrets

    Interesting. I didn't realise the IPVM calculator gave you PPF. The the very edge of my property: 6mm 5442: 72 PPF Max zoom 2231: 104 PPF Halfway up my drive: 6mm 5442: 168 PPF Max zoom 2231: 233 PPF
  12. essjay

    ID at 10m/30ft Using Turrets

    Agreed. I think the 6mm might just about be enough.
  13. essjay

    REVIEW: Budget 4MP Turret Comparison - IPC-T2431T-AS vs Chinese HDW4433C-A

    Has anyone compared this to the fixed focal length IPC-HDW2231TM-AS-S2 (fixed version of this I think Review-OEM IPC-T2231T-ZS 2mp Varifocal Starlight Camera) Seems the same camera but in 2mp rather then 4mp. Gives comparable night vision to the 5231 series of Starlights (0.002 lux @ F1.6)
  14. essjay

    Using Cut Video.....

    I've always used the "Cut video..." option on my continuous recordings but find that I miss a second or so which is usually the time taken before BI detects motion. Video has been smooth. Last night I deselected that option and I have to say I'm impressed with the timing - the alert when viewed...
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    ID at 10m/30ft Using Turrets

    I had a car door checker the other night and while we were able to ID the guy (the village idiot), it left me wanting more and thinking I can do better. It was a concealed 5231-Z5 bullet in B&W that got him. Probably as with many others, it's when an incident happens you realise the gaps your...
  16. essjay

    Review IPC-T5442TM-AS-LED (Full Color, Starlight+)

    Anyone know is there an API command to switch on/off the LED's (can you do it with IR enabled Dahua cams)? Might be an option to detect motion on BI and execute a script that switches on the LEDs?
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    Review-OEM IPC-T3241-ZAS 2mp AI Lite series Varifocal

    Is this essentially the same as the 2231 but with AI? Night picture should be identical?
  18. essjay

    Outdoor motion detection - better camera or other ideas?

    This. I'm completely blown away by the T5442TM-AS over my 5231's. To the extent that I'm replacing some of them. A PC for BlueIris is not expensive. I bought a HP ProDesk 600 G2 (i5-6500, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for under $200. BlueIris license is about $60. WD Purple 8TB is $220. Is it worth...
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    Outdoor motion detection - better camera or other ideas?

    It's not that the Synology can't record the footage, it's what additional features something like BlueIris will give you such as zones. In BI you can set up zones within a camera so that if an object (your daughter) goes from one zone to another, the motion sensor will activate. That's only the...
  20. essjay

    I assure you it wasn't cold enough to snow...

    Fog.....
  21. essjay

    Good Value PFA130-e (x4 for $38)

    Great price from Andy also.
  22. essjay

    Good Value PFA130-e (x4 for $38)

    I spotted this on AliExpress and thought it might be useful to others. 4 x PFA130-e for $38. No affiliation with the seller nor have I bought from this particular seller previously. Seems to have a long refund if not received by date (28th March). http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_spzZjS
  23. essjay

    Review-OEM 4mp AI Cam IPC-T5442TM-AS Starlight+

    Is there no square junction box for the 5442 bullet? The PFA130-e will look really bag with the square base if it even fits and I doubt it would be waterproof. If you can't get a square junction book that's an exact match for the bullet camera, I'd go into your nearest electrical wholesaler and...
  24. essjay

    IPC-HX4XXX-Volt_MultiLang_PN_Stream3_V2.800.0000000.10.R.191118.zip

    Just took delivery of a 5442 and this came pre-installed. Good to see. :)
  25. essjay

    Review-OEM 4mp AI Cam IPC-T5442TM-AS Starlight+

    You'll need to ask Andy what base for that camera or dig up the Dahua accessories brochure online.
  26. essjay

    Review-OEM 4mp AI Cam IPC-T5442TM-AS Starlight+

    Does the B5442 bullet have a square or round base? If it has a square base I don't think that universal one will fit.
  27. essjay

    Review-OEM 4mp AI Cam IPC-T5442TM-AS Starlight+

    Tape them up and into the soffit also. Or into the junction box if you get it.
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    Review-OEM 4mp AI Cam IPC-T5442TM-AS Starlight+

    I paid just over £9 each for a couple of Dahua PFA130-e boxes from Aliexpress. Took 19 days including weekends. Also ordered one from Andy at a slightly higher price but not here yet.
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    Review-OEM 4mp AI Cam IPC-T5442TM-AS Starlight+

    You have somewhere easy to hide the wires.
  30. essjay

    Recommend a Atand Alone PIR Sensor

    I plan to mount multiple LED floods st soffit height of a two story building and want all the floods to come on at the same time. Means I need to wire them all into the same PIR sensor. The plan is to get one but mount it about 10ft off the ground with the lights about another 10ft above that...
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